An uncanny meditation on the weight of history on the present.
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes” said Mark Twain. At the moment, these rhymes have a harsh sound, reminding us that civilization is built on a foundation of violence. It is only a thin layer of normality, under which this power is hidden and breaks again and again. In REDRUM, the ensemble gamut inc, together with the American librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer, is developing a music theater that deals with the brittleness of seemingly reliable social agreements in many different ways. In various rooms of the theater, viewers are entangled in a panopticon of visual references, in which different temporal levels and realities are condensed into a poetic resonance. Deep electronic sounds from the underground, fragile harmonic structures of the cello quartet “the octopus” and labile rhythmic figures of percussion, stringed instruments, electric guitar and trombone spin together with the performative sequences in a labrynth of the uncanny. Forever and ever and ever. In English and German.
Concept, composition and artistic direction: gamut inc (Marion Wörle and Maciej Sledziecki) | Libretto: Leslie Dunton-Downer | Performance: Cian McConn, Maike Schmidt | Advisory Director: Thomas Fiedler | Guitar: Maciej Sledziecki | Electronics: Marion Wörle | Percussion, strings and incandescent: Michael Vorfeld | Trombone: Hilary Jeffrey | The Octopus Cello Quartet: Nathan Bontrager, Elisabeth Coudoux, Nora Krahl, Hugues Vincent | Sound Direction: Robert Nacken | Stage Gamut inc | Costumes: Cian McConn | Technical Direction: Florian Mönks | Light: Reinhard Huber | Press: Sarah Rosenau | Production: satelita Musikverlag
Additional performances on Friday, 30th November and Saturday, 1st December 2018.
Supported by the individual project funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Musikfonds and the Kulturamt Pankow of Berlin.
GAMUT INC`S REDЯUM | Music theatre based on August Strindberg´s social-critical novel The Red Room
Thursday, 29th November 2018 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET | Tickets 12€/8€
Theater im Delphi | Gustav-Adolf-Str. 2 | 13086 Berlin